Vision and Ethos

At JQA, we focus on delivering a CORE education that provides a broad range of opportunities for students from all backgrounds to learn and achieve, as well as developing a depth of character around our shared values.

We also aim to emphasise a strong association with the history and heritage of the Jewellery Quarter.

When a student is enrolled at our academy, they join ‘Team JQA’ – a learning community that is all of us.

We have the highest expectations and aspirations for every student in our care.

We unapologetically put each young person’s interests at the centre of every decision we make. At the heart of our Academy are the ‘CORE’ values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence.

Collaboration
‘We succeed by working as a team.’

As a CORE academy, we are ‘outward facing’. We are enriched and inspired by CORE Education Trust’s partnerships with national organisations as well as our diverse local partners in the historic Jewellery Quarter and central Birmingham. Our city centre location enables our students to benefit from access to all that our ‘second city’ brings.

We value parents as partners. We provide a comprehensive Family Handbook to help your family navigate your journey through life at JQA and we offer regular opportunities to give feedback and shape the future direction of the academy with a termly Parent Symposium, working with our Senior Leadership Team and Satisfaction Survey via our innovative mobile phone app. Together, we operate as a strong team.

Our ‘Wellbeing’ team build wonderful working relationships with students and families to ensure our children are happy, well cared for and successful.

We also utilise the expertise of colleagues at our other CORE Education Trust schools and educational partners. Our Governing Body and Trustees also play a highly active and impactful role in supporting and challenging the Academy’s provision, to ensure that it is the best it can possibly be.

9 OUT OF 10 PARENTS AND CARERS SURVEYED IN 2020/21 SAID THAT THEY WOULD RECOMMEND JQA TO ANOTHER FAMILY.

In collaboration with external professionals who regularly evaluate our practice, we aim to constantly develop to give students a CORE education that prepares them for the future.

Opportunity
‘We develop by taking on new challenges.’

Students at our academy benefit from opportunities to nurture their individual interests, aspirations, talents, and character through a range of experiences.
JQA students have access to an extended curriculum offer which provides a broad range of opportunities to learn and achieve, enriched by our local and national partners as part of a planned Personal Development map to develop students’ character. Year 7 students joining us benefit from our L4L curriculum in a careful, considerate transition.

Every student will be given the chance to shine and will be supported when they encounter difficulties or challenges to develop the strength of character required for them to succeed, led by our CORE values.

Parents/carers are regularly given feedback on how their child’s CORE character is developing as well as their academic achievement.

We give students rich experiences beyond the curriculum that develop character as well as academic skills.
Jewellery Quarter Academy offers membership of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the chance to complete internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh Awards that enhance their lives and applications for life after JQA.

We also offer extra-curricular clubs that are scheduled after the Academy day, on Saturdays and in holiday breaks that appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests – there is something for everyone at JQA.

We are open about the journey ahead with families, leading to personal growth, responsibility and maturity as well as academic success to provide post-16 opportunities.

Respect
‘We care by respecting and looking after each other.’

We are proud to be a place where all are welcomed, respected, treated equally, and cared for at JQA. We cherish the richness of difference and take time to understand each other. We have been awarded ‘Refugee Welcome’ school status which demonstrates the shared sense of tolerance and respect all can expect at JQA. Respect for the local and wider community, British values, our shared history and journeys, and for one another is integral to everything we do at Jewellery Quarter Academy.

We have only 3 clear rules in our Code of Conduct: Ready, Respectful, Safe.
This makes our expectations clear to all our community.

Students work with local partners such as Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum and JQBID team and JQ Heritage to make the historic community more appealing.

The Academy is proud to be
a leading school for ‘Echo Eternal’ in remembering the Holocaust, by engaging with survivors and interpreting their stories through the media of film, art, and music. In this way, we help to keep their memories in our community’s conscience and develop collective citizenship and character to reject hatred and learn from humanity’s mistakes. Respect is central to all we do: if you come and visit us, you will see this in our words and actions.

91% OF PARENTS & CARERS AGREED OR STRONGLY AGREED JQA MAKES SURE STUDENTS ARE WELL-BEHAVED.

Excellence
‘We achieve by giving 100% in everything we do.’

We have high expectations of uniform, conduct, and achievement for our students.

We provide students withcustom-made workbooks to encourage them to take pride in their fantastic work and have a clear rewards policy and merit system to recognise ‘over and beyond’ conduct that demonstrates our values – as well as regular and exciting opportunities for students’ achievements to be celebrated.

“JQA IS A PLACE WITH CARING STAFF AND EXCELLENT TEACHERS. EVERYBODY IS CARED FOR!” JQA student.

We invest in our teaching staff to develop them to deliver the highest quality CORE education with regular development and support so they can become subject experts and accomplished practitioners. A shining example of this is how quickly and expertly our staff adapted to delivering ‘live’ lessons during the Covid-19 pandemic – parents/carers were full of praise for our approach during the pandemic.

We want the best for our students and have high expectations of all our staff to develop and grow to be the best they can be – to ensure exceptional learning, opportunities and experiences for our children, leading to the best possible outcomes.